Love was in the air at the Westcourt Hotel on Saturday night as the tenth ABACAS Valentine Ball got underway in the Westcourt Hotel with a full house of enthusiastic supporters.
The glamourous evening got off to a great start with a drinks reception in Earth Nightclub sponsored by Loch Measc Gin, Dan Kelly Cider, Boann Brewery and the Westcourt Hotel who all supplied tasters of their products for everyone to sample.
This was followed by a fabulous four course dinner in the Westcourt Hotel. The compere for the evening was Gerry Kelly from LMFM who was amazed by the number of people who supported the ball year after year.
After dinner there was a surprise card game which involved lots of spot prizes donated by many businesses in Drogheda were won. There was also a sealed envelope raffle with some truly amazing prizes inside such as return flights to anywhere in Europe or Spice Girls tickets.
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Twenty four year old graduate, Alannah Bartley, who has been a member of the Autism Support Louth & Meath youth club since the age of 14, then gave a speech about her life and how much the youth club has meant to her.
You could have heard a pin drop as everyone listened to Alannah speak so genuinely about some of the difficulties of life with Asperger’s and also about some of the fun times she has had over the past ten years with her friends in the youth club.
Then it was time for Drogheda’s favourite band, the Enemies, who played into the early hours to a packed dance floor. It was a wonderful night overall.
The organising committee of Aine Walsh, Anne McClean, Cathy White, Fiona Stewart Power, Jacinta Walsh and Linda Flynn would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the Ball and all those who supplied sponsorship and donated prizes.
The funds raised from the evening go towards the additional programmes run in the ABACAS school such as occupational therapy, sensory cooking, yoga and listening therapy as well as the Drama Programme and the four weekly youth clubs and summer camps.
Local artist Gillian Black made beautiful heart shaped ceramic brooches for everyone in the audience as a memento from the night.(see below).
The Loch Measc Gin served at the drinks reception was donated by the Loch Measc Distillery which is based in Westport but was established by two Drogheda men Eoin Holmes and Dominic Hannigan. Everyone thought the Gin was delicious.
Loch Measc Gin is available in the Westcourt and if you are ever in Westport the Distillery Tour is well worth doing. Find them also on Facebook.